Book Review: “Scary School”

“Scary School” by Derek The Ghost

Genre: Children’s Fiction, Humor

GoodreadsSource: The author [Thank you!]

Summary from Goodreads:

You think your school’s scary?

Get a load of these teachers:

Ms. Fang, an 850-year-old vampire
Dr. Dragonbreath, who just might eat you before recess
Mr. Snakeskin—science class is so much more fun when it’s taught by someone who’s half zombie
Mrs. T—break the rules and spend your detention with a hungry Tyrannosaurus rex!

Plus

Gargoyles, goblins, and Frankenstein’s monster on the loose The world’s most frighteningly delicious school lunch

And

The narrator’s an eleven-year-old ghost!

Join Charles “New Kid” Nukid as he makes some very Scary friends—including Petunia, Johnny, and Peter the Wolf—and figures out that Scary School can be just as funny as it is spooky!

review

Despite its name Scary School really isn’t that scary. It’s actually pretty funny. Other reviews have likened the book to the Wayside School books by Louis Sachar or the Black Lagoon series by Mike Thaler. I have to completely agree. From the moment I started reading, I knew the books kind of reminded me of something and that was it!

I liked the framing of the story. More or less each chapter is about a new character that Derek introduces. While that’s going on, there is the much larger story of the school year and the preparation for the Ghoul Games. In doing so, it kept the pace moving smoothly. Everything just keeps building.

I might have lied when I said the book is pretty funny. It’s actually very funny. How can it not be when you got: a girl named Frank (you pronounce it “Rachel”), Peter the Wolf (who is a either a werewolf or a boy depending on how his mood is at that moment), and a T Rex that runs detention (you better be on your best behavior)? There are too many hilarious things about the book for me to mention in a quick review.

I really appreciated that the book was good for all ages. Obviously, the kids are going to like it. It’s completely silly, a little gross but an overall good book for elementary/middle school kids. The author was able to keep everything ‘in check’ (so to speak) so that parents/teachers/older siblings/etc could enjoy the book as well. I never felt alienated as a reader like he was only trying to appeal to the kids. The author took good care to make the book fun for adults as well which is always appreciated.

The bottom line? It’s a hilarious book for everyone.

Want to win a copy? You’re in luck, the author has an ebook copy to give away! Details here.

 

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